Domaine de Chevalier is a classified Grand Cru Classé de Graves and regarded as one of the most important estates in the prestigious Pessac-Leognan appellation. Both a red and white Grand Vin are made at Domaine de Chevalier, known for quality and longevity, the Blanc is one of the longest-lived wines in all of Bordeaux. While the Red is one of Pessac's most age-worthy Bordeaux's receiving annual critical praise and beloved by the finest connoisseurs & collectors. BHW has uncovered a hidden stash of 2006 Domaine de Chevalier that is just now entering its optimal drinking window. Have you ever wanted to discover the complexities and structure showcased in one of Bordeaux's top producers at an unbeatable price? Well this your chance.
Taking a unique approach during harvest, all grape sorting is done exclusively in the vineyards, even if it means some grapes are picked one at a time! To combat potential frost damage they employ wind machines and even helicopters in certain vintages. The reason this works is that it mixes the lower layers of cold air where the vines are with warmer air above the vines to avoid damage from frost. These types of meticulous practices are how they garnered a reputation for producing great wine even in average vintages.
Remaining a family-owned and managed estate. Olivier Bernard who began managing the estate at 23 years old in 1983 is now joined by his wife Anne Bernard and their two sons. Sustainable vineyard practices have been adopted to tend to the vines which are an average of 50 years old.
Surrounding many of the estates that performed best during the Graves Classification of 1959, Pessac-Leognan was established in 1987 to recognize the high-quality red and white wines produced here.
Aging: 18 to 20 months French oak, 40-60% new
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Dark, intense, ruby on the disc, glossy black heart. Characteristic and complex flavors. Intensity, finesse, and distinction. Fruitiness is reminiscent of blackberry, black currant, black cherry, and blueberry. Mineral flavors, highlighted by a touch of graphite, smoked and fresh mint, express gravely soil mixed with clay. The high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon gives a spicy character. A fresh attack on the palate, sweet and fruity evolves on a smooth important tannic high-class structure. Smocked back-flavors like licorice, resinous convoy the fruity nose ever felt. The tannins are very elegant. They extend the wine in a superb final, delicate and balanced with good acidity.
Just coming around now, the 2006 shows beautiful meat, forest floor, tobacco, and berry character. It's medium to full-bodied. Savory finish. Drink now or hold. ~94 James Suckling
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